MARS Hot Topics Discussion Group

Committee Charge

To provide a timely forum for discussion of current issues related to the provision of electronic reference services. Current roster .

Annual 2010 Hot Topics DG:  Taking Mobile to the Next Level
The MARS Hot Topics in Electronic Reference Discussion Group was held Saturday, June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.  Our topic was "Taking Mobile to the Next Level" and we had presenters from four libraries who are doing new and cool things with their mobile sites.  Among the topics discussed were interactive maps, QR codes, dynamic hours information, and mobile interfaces to databases, as well as discussion about how to make these features go live when your library has limited time and resources. About 50 people were in attendance and a lively discussion followed the presentation.
Presenters:

  • Jason Michel, Miami University ( slides available )
  • Erin White, Virginia Commonwealth University ( slides available ; select "Show speaker notes" from the Actions menu for more information)
  • Josh Bishoff, University of Illinois (slides available )
  • Bonnie Buzzell, Brown University ( slides available ; select "Show speaker notes" from the Actions menu for more information)

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